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Science Happy Hour + Grasping Black Holes: From Einstein to Images

  • Museum at Prairiefire 5801 West 135th Street Overland Park (map)

Wednesday, June 26
Doors Open 5:30 pm
Presentation 6:00 pm

Dr. Mark Brodwin, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Black holes are the most extreme objects in the Universe, places where all matter that falls in is destroyed, where the gravity is so extreme even that light can’t escape, and where time itself comes to a stop.  In this talk, Dr. Brodwin will highlight the strange and terrifying nature of black holes, including the “supermassive” variety that reside at the centers of all galaxies (including our own Milky Way!).  Finally, he’ll explain how new, high resolution pictures of black holes, like the one recently taken by the Event Horizon Telescope, allow us to learn more about Einstein’s greatest achievement — the Theory of General Relativity.

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**Must be 21+ with proof of ID to consume alcoholic beverages.


What time should I arrive by?
Doors open at 5:30 pm
Presentation begins at 6:00 pm

Where can I park?
FREE Parking available on the Street, Parking lot and Prairiefire Parking Garage

What should I expect out of the evening?
A 45-60 minute presentation followed by a Question and Answer session. Light apps, wine, beverages and beer provided by KC Bier

What are the age limitations for this event?
Recommended for Adults and curious young adults

Do I need to bring anything?
Your curiosity!